Livestream: Meeting Students Where They Play - Can Video Games Enhance Quality of Higher Education in America?

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On May 11, Excelsior College will host a panel of writing and gaming experts from academia and industry for an examination and discussion on the the use of video games – or “serious games” - in higher education programs. The event will be live streamed online for free to those that register.

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“We’re bringing together some of the brightest minds in educational technology to examine and advance one central question: How can we use video games to improve student success in higher education?” – Dr. David Seelow, Excelsior College

On May 11, Excelsior College will host a panel of writing and gaming experts from academia and industry for an examination and discussion on the the use of video games – or “serious games” - in higher education programs. The event will be live streamed online for free to those that register.

In particular, the summit will focus on the extent to which gaming – already a centerpiece in the United States military for combat operation instruction – can be used to enhance higher education, develop communication, writing and research skills, and improve the transition to college life or even a student’s approach to academic study.

Representatives from Ohio State, SUNY Stony Brook, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology are among those from academia who will participate. Corporate gaming experts Dr. Jon Aleckson, CEO of Web Courseworks, and Tobi Saulnier, founder of 1st Playable Productions, will discuss the development of games in an educational context, with an emphasis on student engagement and interactivity.

Clark Aldrich, a global education thought leader, industry analyst, author and one of the top educational simulation and interface designers in the world, will moderate the event.
Information gathered at the summit will be used by Excelsior College to incorporate serious games into the Excelsior College OWL – a free, publicly available online writing lab.

The event will be live streamed online. To register, visit bit.ly/GamesSummit. Follow the conversation leading up to and during the event at #ECgaming.

To schedule a media interview with Clark Aldrich or any of our panelists please email Mike Lesczinski at mlesczinski (at) excelsior (dot) edu or call (518) 608-8450.

What: Serious Games, Education and the Writing Process
Where: Register for Instructions
When: May 11, 2012, 10:30 am – 12:30 p.m.
Who: Writing and gaming experts from academia and industry

Excelsior

Excelsior College http://www.excelsior.edu is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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